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Pineland Youth Home for boys receives large donation from TCSO car show

Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff and his staff presented an $8,000 check to Pineland Youth Home Thursday morning, but that’s only part of the assistance TCSO provided.  

The sheriff’s office also helped buy new mattresses and paid for handicap-accessible docks at the Pineland lake.  

Woodruff said the mattresses they replaced were more than 15-years-old.

“Every year, I am so excited to do this,” Woodruff said. “Every year, when I get ready to give the money to Pineland, I ask for a list and then pick from that list. I thought the docks were very important to have somewhere safe and accessible to fish from.” 

The money raised comes from the sheriff’s office car show in September. 

“For several years, we have done the car show, and we had always given a check,” Woodruff said. “But I wanted to do something tangible, so about three-years-ago, I asked the director what they needed … and we got a used car for the boys who were old enough to drive and have part-time jobs.” 

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes was founded more than 50 years ago as a residential care program to help children who have been abandoned, neglected and abused.

At Pineland, the boys receive all the things they need, including clothes, shoes, toiletries and positive relationships.

“We are thankful for the community supporting Pineland,” Woodruff said.

To learn more about Georgia Sheriffs’ Pineland Youth Home or how you can help, visit Georgiasheriffsyouth.org/index.php/pineland-camp-pioneer.